De Hoop Dam hopeless: Limpopo high and dry despite megastructure

De Hoop Dam hopeless: Limpopo high and dry despite megastructure

Despite having access to one of the fullest dams in the country, Limpopo residents have been left high and dry. Community members are now forced to pay for access to water in order to bath, wash clothing and cook.

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The impoverished and unemployed are facing yet another challenge- gaining access to something as simple - but vital - as water.

Sekhukhune resident Dinalane Maota says that several times every day, she carries a drum to her neighbour's yard in order to buy water. The 53-year-old is unemployed, with 2 children to care for:

“Every morning we go to the neighbours with borehole water taps and pay R2 for a 25-litre container. We buy water to bath, to wash clothes and cook.”

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But why is the community suffering with one of the nation's fullest dams nearby? eNCA reports that government ineptitude has brought this situation about.

The structure was opened 5 years ago, but villagers are still battling to draw water from the prosperous source. Hailed as a game-changer after the region's history of droughts and poor rainfall, De Hoop Dam has failed dismally.

With a R3.5 billion price tag and opened by former president Jacob Zuma himself, the state has failed to connect the infrastructure to villages, lacking treatment plants and pipes to supply parched residents with the 'liquid gold'.

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